Community Center on Monday, April 25 from 5pm to 8pm. Last held in January 2020, the dinner’s return was delayed by the pandemic and renovations to the Center’s kitchen. The event had been held every year since 1971 when Mike Loza, the founder of El Tecolote Restaurant, had the idea for a Mexican dinner fundraiser for local youth programs.

Admission includes an enchilada dinner, chips and salsa bar, mariachis, opportunity drawings and piñatas for the kids. A bar serving margaritas, beer and wine is also available. A “Grab and Go” drive thru will also serve dinners.

The Dinner has served as an annual gathering for many Camarillo residents. “Viva la Comida has always been an annual reunion of sorts.”, states Laurie Bennett, President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Camarillo which organizes the event. “We believe that will be the case even more this year.”

Proceeds benefit the Camarillo Boys and Girls Club, Camarillo Family YMCA and other non-profits through grants from the Camarillo Rotary Foundation. Tickets are $17, available at the door or online at event’s Facebook page:

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders providing humanitarian service and building goodwill. Rotarians have served the needs of communities worldwide since 1905. Camarillo Rotary meets Wednesdays at noon. For more information about the Rotary Club of Camarillo visit

The Camarillo Community Center is located at 1605 Burnley St.